Nashville, Tenn., Mar 3, 2020 / 11:00 am
An historic Catholic church in the Nashville neighborhood of Germantown was among several buildings seriously damaged by a tornado Tuesday night.
The tornado’s main path struck about 100 yards away from the Church of the Assumption in the Diocese of Nashville. The storm destroyed the parish’s north transept, sacristy, and rectory chimney. The winds also badly damaged the building’s steeple and roof.
Fr. Bede Price, pastor of the parish, was able to safely retrieve the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle, and he was uninjured in the storm.
Assessments are underway to determine if the parish building can be saved, or if the damage is too severe.
Approximately 21 people were killed by the tornadoes, which struck throughout East Nashville and surrounding suburbs. The death toll has steadily risen throughout Tuesday morning as recovery efforts continue, and many people remain unaccounted for.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) called the tornadoes “heartbreaking,” and stated at a press conference that “we have had loss of life all across the state.”
“Four different counties, as of this morning, had confirmed fatalities,” said Lee.
Most of the people who were killed lived in Putnam County, which is located east of Nashville.